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6 Oct

if you are actually reading this and not downloading the adult images i have hidden around this blog, this is an update on the writing-side of jck hnry. there are no links to adult images herein, so if that is your destiny, please move on…for now. Ha!

a recent review of yours truly appears here. it is quite positive and interesting to read, especially from my perspective. even with this now my fifth or sixth book/chap, i am amazed that people take the time to review. it is always a pleasure to discover insight other eyes hold…

george anderson over at bold monkey did a rather lengthy and intriguing review of CRUNKED. there is an interview with the author at the end of the review where i sound completely pompous and a bit drunk. all that is here.

CRUNKED can be purchased at either Small Press Distribution and AMAZON. Click on either to buy. As yet I do not have copies. Not enough cash for a pre-publication buy…soon, maybe.

it is official – CRUNKED out in MAY 2011

3 Mar

so it appears that the long awaited book of poetry by yours truly is finding its way to the light in may 2011 on epic rites press.

here’s some data from epic rites that may be of interest.

from epic rites:


113 pages
$17.50 plus shipping
ISBN 978-1-926860-01-5

“Jack Henry is easily the best poet currently active in the USA. He does not posture, boast, or pretend that he plumbs the depths of the human soul – he just does it. These poems are without evident artifice, they are, however, among the very few poems now being produced that are going to be, that deserve to be, stayers.”

– David McLean, author of Cadaver’s Dance

“… I’ve been reading through Crunked, and I’m really, really impressed. You know, I think that you may be the poet laureate of meth culture. I’m not being funny – I think you really captured the surreal and extreme nature of the way of the speed freak, and that the poems veer between being heartbreakingly sad and really, blackly funny. It’s really good stuff, very powerful.”

– Tony O’Neill, author of Down and Out on Murder Mile

words like these make me feel completely unworthy….

Review in Outsider Writers

12 Aug

just a quickie. review of richard wink’s dead end road is at OW, follow the link…

random promotion –

2 Aug

random promotion because that’s how i roll

i just received word that i should have cover art by the end of this upcoming weekend, which i am guessing at august 9. with the patience of monuments is the culmination of a lifelong dream to get a full-length book of poetry out into the world and this is it. some have questioned why i am with neopoiesis press and the better question is why are they with me. regardless the answer the book is coming…

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press release –

29 Jul

my friend, david arshawsky, has a new book out, amulet cypher, and it’s amazon home is here. it is also available at his site, here.

This book is a definitive collection of the Art and Poetry of David Arshawsky, printed by NeoPoiesis Press (neopoiesispress,com).
His poems approach life at unexpected angles,from light to dark, offering more with each rereading, all written with a deep love of language. This collection of more than 100 pages is peppered with his unique and striking artwork.
As a toy designer and sculptor you have probably grown up with his work,but his artwork here takes you farther and deeper into his
inner worlds and visions.

The first 50 books sold will be signed and have a limited edition sculpture of one of the books illustrations included, stained to accentuate the details and glow in the dark!!!

check it out…

with the patience of monuments –

27 Jul

with the patient of monuments by jack henry

my response

jack henry’s large heart, a veteran of wars, accidents, fears, madness, disillusion, is, in these 80 different dance halls of image and sound, breaking invisible bread with jesus as the latter downs his meds with shots of tequila, while on the corner of 6th and Los Angeles streets the meteor of hope has crashed into Obama’s tag team and the churches of the sky are rolling across clouds of Charlie Parker’s smoke.

jack henry is a knight, vassal, cowboy, dancer, fortune teller who sometimes can’t find his crystal ball, but eventually discovers his eyes, ears, and heart are more powerful than atomic weapons and paranoia.

the guards of everything may feel they know his name, but there are rooms inside his music that they will never be able to access. if castles do fall in each pause, motion, which is jack’s nickname, builds a new front porch made of sway, and dreams that are matinees in old theaters suddenly become crisp new lucid prints forever being viewed in the moment of our attempted lives.

jack henry finally is an ongoing process and this collection of visions, memory, hope, pain, and kickass music, will see you through to your own morning where little birds sing and ring with great enthusiasm, and the dead woman in the corner of a rich man’s eyes will ride again across the landscape of jack’s saxophone.

scott wannberg
florence, oregon
july 26 2009

note: Scott has a tremendous new book out called and it is available here.
scotts book

interview with david mclean

24 Jul

not sure how this got by me. i know david posted something about it on facebook and i thought i read it from but no, i didn’t. go now.

with the patience of monuments –

20 Jul

With the patience of monuments, Jack Henry takes his unique style and propels it skywards. To read him, is to read a life lived with all its softness and all its brutalities. Raging truth in verse that steeps is a hallmark, as is the casually epic:

a single note destroyed me
As easily as Hitler destroyed Europe

from Em or F# on a slide trombone

His descriptions can be lush and seductive as in N’orleans mornings:

Spanish moss plays
gentle tricks
on my thoughts
you, me velvet kisses
stolen before gargoyle
eyes where my hands rest
gentle upon supple curve
linger through moments …

But suddenly we are pushed out of the doors of a seducing dreamscape:

she’s alive and screaming

As the author acknowledges in the forward, the struggle with religious-spiritualism is a linchpin of the collection. In sublimation he explores historic social stereotypes and landmark discrimination in describing a 50’s suburban housewife, a black man working as a porter, circa 1963, and a gay man cuffed at Stonewall, there is one more ‘sublimation’:

i am Christ on the cross, wind in my hair
women at my feet, crying and chanting, waiting on a spear of
a Roman soldier, watching the sun drift across the sky, waiting
for eternity, wondering if returning might not be an option,
wishing I had taken more time, but knowing that destiny is not mine

nor will it be.

This may well be the quintessential image of this stunning collection. Beautiful verse philosophically ruminations on meaning as seen through the eyes of a knowing, weathered self. This is a richness that pours like aged bourbon, burning and coating as it slides down into your very core.

Constance Stadler is the Review Editor for Calliope Nerve and the author of two chaps, Tinted Steam (Shadow Archer Press), Sublunary Curse (Erbacce) and a full-length eBook Paper Cuts (Calliope Nerve Media).

with the partience of monuments –

12 Jul

from David Oprava, publisher, Griveous Jones:

Jack Henry has hit a nerve, a human one that runs through all of us whether we like it or not. Henry Miller once wrote that the only journey worth taking was the one that goes inside, that delves into our own nasty miasma and pokes, prods, reveals who we really are. Jack goes there. There is so much humanity in most of his poems that it is hard to read in one sitting, rather, a reader needs to fill the double shot-glass with Jack, swig him down, let him blur the vision and pump the gonads, then go back for more. His plain verse and honest expressions are part of a building wave in the poetic world, the real crashing over the effete, the brutal sawing at the pretend, and Jack is right there, the biting end of that tsunami. If you are writhing in your own barbed wire and want company, buy the book. We can all twist together.

-David E. Oprava

with the patience of monuments –

11 Jul

david mclean has said very nice things about the book:

“Jack Henry’s poetic voice speaks here again with mastery and precision. The poems in this collection are raw and powerful, probably dangerous. They resist neutering and do not bow to the whorish gods of psychological profit and normalization that the feeble seek in their therapy, their “poetry.” These poems will cut you, then rifle through your wallet. But they will also reveal vulnerability and humanity while so doing. This is a book you need.”

– David McLean
author of Hellbound (Epic Rites Press); A Hunger for Mourning (Erbacce Press); Poems Against Enlightenment; La Morte Vivante (Shadow Archer Press); Of Dead Snakes (Rain Over Bouville); nobody wants to go to heaven but everybody wants to die (Poptritus Press); Cadaver’s Dance (Whistling Shade Press); Pushing Lemmings

review: rob plath by david mclean

6 Jul

a very insightful review for an excellent volume of poetry. i cannot urge you strongly enough to go check rob plath’s, bellyful of anarchy, from epic rites press. don’t be fooled by the price. you could get five chapbooks or you can get this. go with this. bellyful of anarchy is an important, insightful, interesting text of brilliant work. go now, quite masturbating for two minutes, and buy the thing. the internet is more than porn, fucker.

the review is here. you can buy the thing here. and when you return to masturbation here is a nude girl, click here. for the ladies that masturbate, here is a pic of a nude man, click here.

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mark walton “frostbitten”

28 Mar

Frostbitten by Mark Walton
48 pages saddle-stitched
Full color laminated cover
$10 USD

It’s with great excitement & pride to announce that Frostbitten, the first entry in the epic rites press ‘workers in blood’ chapbook series, is now available for purchase from the epic rites bookstore. The bookstore is located at

Mark Walton, winner of the 2008 London Slam! Championship, lives & performs in London, England. Frostbitten is Mark’s debut volume of poetry. Samples from Frostbitten are available at

Workers In Blood
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote “Of all that is written I love only what a man has written with his blood. Write with blood and you will discover that blood is spirit.” The epic rites workers in blood chapbook series showcases work by artists whose medium is blood.

The first entry in the series is Frostbitten by Mark Walton. Mark does not merely write with blood, he wields his pen like a scalpel – marbling away fat and dead tissue with economy and precision. Frostbitten is not merely a collection of poetry, it’s the literary equivalent of open heart surgery. A percentage of all book profits will be donated by epic rites press on behalf of Mark Walton to the Terrence Higgins Trust (, a charitable organization that helps those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Reviews of Frostbitten
With its first foray into publishing, Epic Rites Press enters the small press arena with FROSTBITTEN by Mark Walton…a title that belies the power of this fiery collection of poems. To say that this book is powerful in its
content is almost demeaning. This collection is more like a burning bag of dogshit, left on your doorstep! You want to stamp it out and get on with your day, but it gets into your soul and it lingers with you, even after you’re done with it. Eventually, you must deal with it, must work at it before you can move on. Walton’s poems are lean and honest, though they deal with hard realities. I look forward to future books by Mark Walton. And if this book is any indication of what Epic Rites can do, I say, “look out world! The small press may never be the same”. – RD
Armstrong Lummox Press

There’s an electricity and fire to Mark Walton’s Frostbitten. Sad, heroic, astonishing in its clear voiced honesty, Walton’s work alternates between post-Punk and neo-Modernism. A razor sharp edge to each line, Walton will astonish you and, ultimately, surprise you as his work draws you deep into a world most people are either unaware, or uncomfortable to visit. Mark Walton is sharp, clever and honest and his new work, Frostbitten, will be an important and interesting addition to anyone’s collection of poetry. – Jack Henry publisher/heroin love songs

Epic Rites’ first steps into the publishing world are most welcome. With Mark Walton, we are treated to a great start. Walton writes with a keen eye. These words pulse. The poems in Frostbitten radiate with an urgency that forces the reader’s eye into devouring page after page, skipping from the flushes of love through to heartache and fear. Such urgency shows in the long poem ‘New Routine’ “I have new freedoms, and new deadlines./I have both the shortest/and the longest of times” This poetry deserves your attention. – Andrew Taylor/editor erbacce press

[FROSTBITTEN] is the first in the Epic Rites series of chapbooks that is one of the more promising ventures in contemporary poetry. Mark Walton presents a tight collection of poetry that takes the reader into the gay scene in the contemporary UK and works organically as a mixture of classical articulate rhyming poetry with more modern thematic and lexical attributes. [T]he form is breathtaking, the words wound richly round each other like bodies, gay or otherwise, an articulate and well-written chapbook of which Mark Walton can be justifiably proud.
[FROSTBITTEN] is written in blood in the sense of passion and passionate engagement for the relational self and the other that makes it, but it is also remarkable for a vigorous and intricately articulate language, sensitive to each emotional and cognitive nuance of the well-chosen words. – David McLean, poet, editor (autoerotic elegies) A full review by David McLean can be found at

Mark Walton writes in his poem Plural Possessive, “We eat slivers of exquisite rarities,” and that’s exactly what these poems are themselves. Mark’s attention to detail is extraordinary. It’s obvious he’s a true poet who “sat cat- like for hours” jabbing the keys, the blood in the ten wands of his hands throbbing, longing and far, far from frostbitten. And although a majority of the subject matter is “the hard truth of a winter’s night,” Mark’s passion for human connection and for the written word widens and widens: “Give me tendrils not ribbons/Give me roots not
stems/Give me fields not vases/Damn your bouquet/Give me a hedgerow.” Mr. Walton’s outstanding craftsmanship is obvious, but it’s his emotional release that will floor you. These poems save us, heal us “as the world turns on its own spit.” And although the voice speaks of “scars” that will be “taken to the grave,” there couldn’t be a more
flawless collection of poems in our hands. – Rob Plath, poet/editor (The Exuberant Ashtray)

Mark Walton’s poems fizzle with energy and capture the modern gay experience in all its many guises. – Paul Burston, Time Out London

I found Frostbitten lucid, harrowing and compelling. It’s a cogent and passionate first collection shot through with hard-won self-knowledge.- Paul Magrs, novelist

Forthcoming Dates
Mark Walton will be appearing on the epic rites radio network March 31st where he will be reading the complete Frostbitten text. The time of his reading is 12pm mdt/11am pst/ 2pm. The link to the show is


12 Mar


i don’t do this much because it leaves the taste of vomit in my mouth, but if you have an interest in owning A JACK HENRY CHAPBOOK you can go to a couple of places to do so. That is, if you have interest in A JACK HENRY CHAPBOOK. Of course you might not have interest in A JACK HENRY CHAPBOOK so deleting this note or just ignoring might be your best bet.

1. empty houses…my only edition of curse free poetry. it’s available directly from me and i have a few left. pretty much free if you want, but don’t count on me having one. it’s not that they are jumping off the shelf, it’s just i gave away a bunch as christmas presents…(yeah, i’d be pissed to if i got a chapbook for christmas)

2. the wonderful people at erbacce-press did one called “the downtown cafe.” this volume focuses solely on my LOS ANGELES based poetry. it’s the one i think is most representative of a A JACK HENRY CHAPBOOK. go to:

3. CC&D has one of mine but you really have to want A JACK HENRY CHAPBOOK to get this one. searching is not easy and i won’t make it easier to find. if you are really curious let me send you a fee PDF. query me…

4. there better writers at my lulu bookstore, but i am there too. “chasing screaming monkeys without any clothes,” won an award in Madagascar.

5. i have a new one coming on SCINTILLATING PRESS, which is really good and one from EPIC RITES that will shock you into a coma. Oh, and a book from NEOPOEISIS in summer.

tony oneill ‘down and out on murder mile’

22 Feb

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new book coming out

7 Jan

i have a new book coming out between June and December of 2009. sorry i can’t be more specific, it’s a brand spanking new press and they are doing it right. setting everything up correctly, webpages, proper distribution, isbn’s, the whole bit – – they are not quite ready to release all the details, but i can tease i suppose.

it will be approx. 100 pages. it will poetry. it is based on my thesis. it will have illustrations by david arshawsky…and it will rock.

i know no one reads these blog entries but i like to talk to myself…

more soon.

neo poiesis press’ myspace is here.


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